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Sarah Hannah Freeth [fh.]

Sarah Hannah Freeth was the first child of William Freeth & Emma Standley born July-September 1859 at Smethwick, Staffs.

In 1861 Sarah & her parents & younger brother William were living at George St, West Bromwich.

By 1871 the family had moved to Oldbury Rd, Smethwick & Sarah now had 2 sisters & 3 brothers.

Sarah married Walter Harry Collins on February 8th,1880 at Harborne. Witnesses at the wedding were Sarah’s sister Georgina Freeth & William Freeth. Walter was christened April 19th, 1857 at Smethwick, the son of Selina Jane & Frederick Thomas Collins, a boiler fitter.

In 1881 Sarah & Walter were living at 30 Ballott St, Smethwick where Walter was a mechanical turner at the works. They had a daughter Laura, aged 1.

By 1891 Sarah & walter had moved to 44 Bampton Rd, Smethwick & Walter was now described as an iron turner. They had 5 children – Laura, William F (9), Nellie G (7), Walter H (5) & Edwin (4).

Walter was still working as an iron turner in 1901 & the family were now living at 13 Corbett St, Smethwick. Children at home were William Frederick, a machine fitter, Nellie Georgina, Walter Harry, a machine fitter, Edwin, an office boy & Gladys Amy (2).

Sarah died, aged 43, in Oct-December 1902, her death being registered at West Bromwich.

Walter died, aged 48, in Jan-March 1905, his death being registered at Kings Norton.  Later in 1905 son Walter Harry & daughter Nellie Georgina emigrated to Alberta, Canada.

Son Frederick William married Elizabeth Mary Halford in 1907 & at the time of the 1911 census they were living at 85 Regent St, Smethwick where Frederick was a gas engine fitter. With them was nephew Wilfred Austin (5), the son of Mary’s sister Alice Halford who had married Alfred Austin.  Interestingly Frederick William’s sister Gladys Amy Collins was visiting Alfred & Alice Austin in Chesterfield, Derbyshire at the time of the 1911 census.

Son Edwin had married Annie Turton in 1909 & they were living at 38 Oakwood Rd, Smethwick in 1911.  Edwin was a ledger clerk at a bamboo furniture manufacturers.

Daughter Laura & husband Herbert Coleman were living at 14 Dunsford Rd, Smethwick in 1911 with their 3 daughters & 2 sons.

The children of Sarah Hannah Freeth & Walter Harry Collins were:

fh. Laura Collins born April-June 1880 at Smethwick
fh. Frederick William Collins born Oct-December 1881 at Smethwick
fh. Nellie Georgina Collins born April-June 1883 at Smethwick
fh. Walter Harry Collins born July-September 1885 at Smethwick
fh. Edwin Collins born Jan-March 1887 at Smethwick
fh. Gladys Amy Collins born July-September 1898 at Smethwick


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